November 2013 Blog Posts (23)

SONGWRITING ACTIVITY #5: Major to Minor

Sometimes when I'm stuck in my songwriting, I do something very simple: I take the melody I'm working with and try it with both major and minor tonal centers underneath.

For example: in the below video I take a piece of the folk song "Shenandoah", which is traditionally in a major key. Just to shake things up, I try it using the relative minor.

If your song is in C Major, try it in A Minor. If your song is in D Minor, try it in F Major. And so…

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Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 25, 2013 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Arranging Ellington: Recommended Viewing

Now that I've posted my Recommended Listening and Recommended Reading, I'd like to close out the triptych with a list of Recommended Viewing. Duke was a preternaturally charming and charismatic figure and it is a real kick to watch him on film —…

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Added by Darcy James Argue on November 22, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

hey everyone here is a little jazz singing improv i did today......the words I just came up with as i was singing (probably not my best idea),and the music was from my keyboard....I have been trying …

hey everyone here is a little jazz singing improv i did today......the words I just came up with as i was singing (probably not my best idea),and the music was from my keyboard....I have been trying a few singing exercises and can't really tell if they are helping yet ..
So what you think??
any thoughts would be great :)

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Added by Connor Peavy on November 20, 2013 at 5:29pm — No Comments

Arranging Ellington: Recommended Reading

As a follow-up to my Recommended Listening post, I'd like to also direct Arranging Ellington participants towards a few books that I think will help you form a more complete picture of Duke Ellington's world. I think it's extremely important for us as jazz…

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Added by Darcy James Argue on November 18, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

My 2 cents worth on vocal harmony

Hey everyone 

Just figured I would put in my 2 cents worth on vocal harmony.

I think there are a lot of reasons harmony is and can be important  and a lot of it has to do with the song and the point for which harmony is used.

harmony can be used very nicely to change the emotion of  a few note,Take for example if you play A then B then G  it is simple but by using harmony you can add a level of depth that a single note would not make, and you can add a level of emotional sound…

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Added by Connor Peavy on November 14, 2013 at 3:46pm — 4 Comments

Arranging Ellington: Recommended Listening

As we continue with the Arranging Ellington project, one thing I'd really like to encourage is for everyone to fully immerse themselves in the world of Duke Ellington. As I mentioned in my welcome video, I think Ellington is among the most misunderstood figures in…

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Added by Darcy James Argue on November 14, 2013 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

SONGWRITING ACTIVITY #4: BIG HAIR, BIG HARMONIES-Don't Stop Believin'!

Harmonies.

 

Ohhh, how I love harmonies. This could be because I grew up in a church where singing four-part hymns was the norm every Sunday, so I learned how to sing the different parts from a pretty young age.

 

Or it could be because two of my earliest-owned record albums were Abba's Super Trouper and Jan and Dean's Ride the Wild Surf.

 

Or it could be because I came of age in the 80s, when harmonies were big (and hair was…

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Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 13, 2013 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Arranging Ellington: Writing for Voice

As we mentioned when we launched the Arranging Ellington project, one of the musicians you have the option to include in your arrangement is the wonderfully talented and versatile singer Claudette Sierra. In addition to being an accomplished jazz vocalist, Claudette has performed with some of the titans of…

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Added by Darcy James Argue on November 11, 2013 at 2:30am — 2 Comments

SONGWRITING ACTIVITY #3: PENTATONIC MELODIES

Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 9, 2013 at 9:55pm — No Comments

SONG FROM ACTIVITY #2: CHORD PROGRESSION

I finished my song :)

Here you go!

 

 

Criminal







House on fire, stop



Search in all the cupboards for the contraband



Before the sound of sirens stops



Threatening the reward of leaving for the promised land







The windows locked



Can't find the door



All exits…

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Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 7, 2013 at 9:44pm — 2 Comments

me trying to sing and play "home"

hey everyone 
This is a video of me singing and playing Home by Micheal Buble.
This is the 1st time I have tried singing and play at the same time.I didn't start trying to sing until a few months ago so I still have some work to do. 
any thoughts or anything would be great. 

Thanks :)

Added by Connor Peavy on November 7, 2013 at 4:29pm — 2 Comments

Grease Auditons...TODAY!!!!

Eeeeeeekk!! I'M FREAKING OUT!!!!! I HAVEN'TEVEN POLISHED MY AUDITIONED SONG FOR GREASE!!! I'm singing "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" by Rizzo. I might go for her too. I always wanted to play someone mean >: ) I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY INFINTY hope I don't mess up the song during... I would DIE if I do!!

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Added by Allyah Marie Howard on November 6, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments

AUTUMN LEAVES - Ed Sheeran live, acoustic cover by Emma Boudin (13) at Converse Rubber Tracks Recording Studio

HI... I am 13 years old and currently the youngest solo artist to record at
Converse Rubber Tracks Recording…
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Added by Emma Boudin on November 6, 2013 at 8:13am — No Comments

Listen Listen Listen and the Importance of Removing "No" from you Mind

In this blog post, I talk about the importance of listening to as much music as you can and the importance of listening with a "Yes" mind. 

Added by Aram Bajakian on November 5, 2013 at 7:08pm — 1 Comment

SONGWRITING ACTIVITY #3: MELODY: Randy Newman and the Pentatonic Scale

Here is the song that comes to mind for me lately when thinking about a great melody:

 

There is so much I like about this. SO MUCH.

 

But what in the world does it have in common with this?

 

That's right-the pentatonic…

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Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 4, 2013 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

a song I started working on few days ago

new song

H
ey everyone this is a new song i started few days back,little different then what i normally write. 
any thoughts would be great  

Added by Connor Peavy on November 4, 2013 at 3:37pm — 3 Comments

The Secret to A Great Melody, Body & Soul w/ Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday, & Diana Krall.

For Activity #3 of the Songwriter Online Project, I talk about the song Body and Soul and let all of the songwriters in on an important secret to composing melodies.…

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Added by Aram Bajakian on November 3, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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